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    If I'm applying for chemical engineering via natural sciences and I'm doing Maths f.Maths physics and chemistry. Which are the three most relevant subjects?
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    (Original post by Groat)
    They'll count all the Maths as one, so you really only have three subjects. :yes:
    Thank god for that. I got 85% in the final two modules of chemistry and physics. Will that have a big impact? I averaged 95% overall. Stress levels at maximum.
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    (Original post by Groat)
    95% overall? That puts you in a great position. :yes:
    Across the four subjects.
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    Hey guys,

    I have 9 A*s at GCSE and I got my AS results today:

    Maths+Further Maths: (overall 99%)
    C1- 100/100
    C2- 98/100
    C3- 100/100
    C4-98/100
    M1-99/100
    S1-98/100

    Chemistry: (overall 99%)
    CH1- 120/120
    CH2- 120/120
    CH3- 56/60

    Biology: (overall 97%)
    Bio Unit 1: 94/100
    Bio Unit 2: 138/140
    Bio Unit 3: 60/60


    Critical Thinking (Just one module, other one I do next year to get my AS qualification):
    73/100

    As you can see, the critical thinking is a low point and I'm a little bit worried about it, but I can still get an A overall next year. Will my other %s cover up for the critical thinking?

    Edit: Im thinking of applying for Medicine
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    Hi I'm not sure whether it's worth applying to Cambridge as I know there's a lot of emphasis on your UMS marks at AS, and I don't have 90% in all my units—could someone tell me if my grades are good enough? I'm probably going for Geography, or alternatively Human, Social and Political Sciences.

    IGCSE: 9A* (Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Spanish, Modern Greek, English Language, English Literature)

    AS:
    Maths — A (90%)
    C1: 100/100
    C2: 88/100
    S1: 81/100

    English Literature — A (88%)
    Unit 1: 96/120
    Unit 2: 80/80

    History — A (91%)
    Unit 1: 96/100
    Unit 2: 86/100

    Geography — A (96%)
    Unit 1: 140/140
    Unit 2: 51/60

    Modern Greek — A (96%)
    Unit 1: 96/100

    Please quote me if you reply. Thank you!!
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    (Original post by elenii)
    Hi I'm not sure whether it's worth applying to Cambridge as I know there's a lot of emphasis on your UMS marks at AS, and I don't have 90% in all my units—could someone tell me if my grades are good enough? I'm probably going for Geography, or alternatively Human, Social and Political Sciences.

    IGCSE: 9A* (Maths, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Spanish, Modern Greek, English Language, English Literature)

    AS:
    Maths — A (90%)
    C1: 100/100
    C2: 88/100
    S1: 81/100

    English Literature — A (88%)
    Unit 1: 96/120
    Unit 2: 80/80

    History — A (91%)
    Unit 1: 96/100
    Unit 2: 86/100

    Geography — A (96%)
    Unit 1: 140/140
    Unit 2: 51/60

    Modern Greek — A (96%)
    Unit 1: 96/100

    Please quote me if you reply. Thank you!!
    Looks fine to me - they aren't expecting perfection but an overall picture of high ability, and they only average the three best for arts students, so 88% in English won't be too much of a barrier (and even then it's still a good A!) Your grades are excellent and if you want to apply, you should do so. Congratulations on the AS results!
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    (Original post by SoundDude)
    Hey guys,

    I have 9 A*s at GCSE and I got my AS results today:

    Maths+Further Maths: (overall 99%)
    C1- 100/100
    C2- 98/100
    C3- 100/100
    C4-98/100
    M1-99/100
    S1-98/100

    Chemistry: (overall 99%)
    CH1- 120/120
    CH2- 120/120
    CH3- 56/60

    Biology: (overall 97%)
    Bio Unit 1: 94/100
    Bio Unit 2: 138/140
    Bio Unit 3: 60/60


    Critical Thinking (Just one module, other one I do next year to get my AS qualification):
    73/100

    As you can see, the critical thinking is a low point and I'm a little bit worried about it, but I can still get an A overall next year. Will my other %s cover up for the critical thinking?

    Edit: Im thinking of applying for Medicine
    Critical Thinking will almost certainly be ignored completely as they don't really consider it as a good predictor of degree performance - you've done really well and you should be able to make a strong application.
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    Hi everyone - I got my AS results today and wanted to ask a few questions regarding whether I should even attempt to apply.

    I got AABB, (As in Psychology and Business Studies, Bs in History and French). However, I am just 8 UMS away from A in History and just 5 UMS away from A in French. I hope to boost these grades up to As in Jan

    The thing is, I have very average GCSEs - largely As and Bs, with a couple of Cs. However, if it makes any difference, I went to one of the 200 most underachieving schools in the country, where noone has been to Oxbridge, or any Russell Group University at all for a long time.

    I want to apply for languages, but should I even attempt Cambridge? I am confident of at least an A*A*AA prediction for A2 (following resits in the B subjects). I also self teach Russian and Polish, and could possibly take GCSE's in the subjects too (hopefully bumping up my GCSEs a bit). I am heavily involved in language environments too.

    I don't want to embarass myself - so after having read all this - should I bother?
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    Hi everyone - I got my AS results today and wanted to ask a few questions regarding whether I should even attempt to apply.

    I got AABB, (As in Psychology and Business Studies, Bs in History and French). However, I am just 8 UMS away from A in History and just 5 UMS away from A in French. I hope to boost these grades up to As in Jan

    The thing is, I have very average GCSEs - largely As and Bs, with a couple of Cs. However, if it makes any difference, I went to one of the 200 most underachieving schools in the country, where noone has been to Oxbridge, or any Russell Group University at all for a long time.

    I want to apply for languages, but should I even attempt Cambridge? I am confident of at least an A*A*AA prediction for A2 (following resits in the B subjects). I also self teach Russian and Polish, and could possibly take GCSE's in the subjects too (hopefully bumping up my GCSEs a bit). I am heavily involved in language environments too.

    I don't want to embarass myself - so after having read all this - should I bother?
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    Hi everyone - I got my AS results today and wanted to ask a few questions regarding whether I should even attempt to apply.

    I got AABB, (As in Psychology and Business Studies, Bs in History and French). However, I am just 8 UMS away from A in History and just 5 UMS away from A in French. I hope to boost these grades up to As in Jan

    The thing is, I have very average GCSEs - largely As and Bs, with a couple of Cs. However, if it makes any difference, I went to one of the 200 most underachieving schools in the country, where noone has been to Oxbridge, or any Russell Group University at all for a long time.

    I want to apply for languages, but should I even attempt Cambridge? I am confident of at least an A*A*AA prediction for A2 (following resits in the B subjects). I also self teach Russian and Polish, and could possibly take GCSE's in the subjects too (hopefully bumping up my GCSEs a bit). I am heavily involved in language environments too.

    I don't want to embarass myself - so after having read all this - should I bother?
    I don't think there is any harm in applying. Grades are important, I'm not going to deny that, but Cambridge will take into account your social circumstances (the poor school) and they also place a lot of weight on the interview. If you perform well at interview, it is not unknown for people with very bad (relatively) GCSE/AS results to get an offer.
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    http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergrad...quirements.pdf
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    At the end of the day, if you feel like you want to go to Cambridge, you won't embarrass yourself if you apply and don't get in. I would much rather try to get in and fail doing so than never apply at all. Cambridge is just one option out of 5 on your UCAS application and you don't have terrible grades. It also depends on what you're predicted by your teachers. I know a girl who got in to Cambridge with fairly poor AS grades, but she did well at interview which balanced it out. I'd say go for it. Seriously, don't feel embarrassed or anything like that. It's worth the risk Also, I would recommend speaking to your Sixth Form/College tutors about it who will be able to give you more detailed advice, or even admissions tutors at specific colleges. Certainly at my college anyway, the admissions office does take into account your school and background and other circumstances which may affect your application (at least for medicine anyways.) Best of luck!

    (Original post by Message)
    Hi everyone - I got my AS results today and wanted to ask a few questions regarding whether I should even attempt to apply.

    I got AABB, (As in Psychology and Business Studies, Bs in History and French). However, I am just 8 UMS away from A in History and just 5 UMS away from A in French. I hope to boost these grades up to As in Jan

    The thing is, I have very average GCSEs - largely As and Bs, with a couple of Cs. However, if it makes any difference, I went to one of the 200 most underachieving schools in the country, where noone has been to Oxbridge, or any Russell Group University at all for a long time.

    I want to apply for languages, but should I even attempt Cambridge? I am confident of at least an A*A*AA prediction for A2 (following resits in the B subjects). I also self teach Russian and Polish, and could possibly take GCSE's in the subjects too (hopefully bumping up my GCSEs a bit). I am heavily involved in language environments too.

    I don't want to embarass myself - so after having read all this - should I bother?
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    My results are:

    9 IGCSEs - 5 A* (Maths; Physics, Chemistry, Biology (double award); First Language English; Geography), 2 A (ICT; Travel and Tourism), 2 high B (Business Studies; First Language Spanish)

    International AS Level - 5 A (Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology, English Language)

    International A Level - all predicted A/A* (Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology)

    International A Levels are not modular so I don't have UMS, just the final grade.

    Do I stand a chance applying to Cambridge for Chemical Engineering (via NatSci)?? Is there any advice you could give me to perhaps help improve my chances??
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    (Original post by Coke Or Pepsi)
    At the end of the day, if you feel like you want to go to Cambridge, you won't embarrass yourself if you apply and don't get in. I would much rather try to get in and fail doing so than never apply at all. Cambridge is just one option out of 5 on your UCAS application and you don't have terrible grades. It also depends on what you're predicted by your teachers. I know a girl who got in to Cambridge with fairly poor AS grades, but she did well at interview which balanced it out. I'd say go for it. Seriously, don't feel embarrassed or anything like that. It's worth the risk Also, I would recommend speaking to your Sixth Form/College tutors about it who will be able to give you more detailed advice, or even admissions tutors at specific colleges. Certainly at my college anyway, the admissions office does take into account your school and background and other circumstances which may affect your application (at least for medicine anyways.) Best of luck!
    Thanks a lot for the detailed reply! Would you mind telling me about Cambridge's resit policy? Do they mind if you retake a few modules?

    Thanks again
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    Hi, just received my AS results, this is what I got:

    Physics - A
    Course work 80%
    First exam 88%
    Second exam 90%

    Chemistry - A
    Course work 95%
    First exam 80%
    Second exam 83%

    Maths - A
    Core 1 94%
    Core 2 68% (let's not even go there)
    Mechanics 83%
    (core two was completed a couple of days before the exam, don't want to excuse my poor performance but I hadn't properly prepared for both core 2 and mechanics)

    Biology - A
    Coursework 86%
    Exam 1 86%
    Exam 2 82%

    Photography - B
    Coursework 76%
    Exam 72%
    (not bothered by this as I know photography will not be considered of great importance)


    In addition to the grades I will have extenuating circumstances that has been confirmed by my referee who will be filling out my CSAS,
    I know my percentages are a bit patchy (not consistently gaining 90+%) and I hope to study biological sciences at Cambridge, any feedback would be much appreciated.



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    (Original post by ChrisE2)
    Hi, just received my AS results, this is what I got:

    Physics - A
    Course work 80%
    First exam 88%
    Second exam 90%

    Chemistry - A
    Course work 95%
    First exam 80%
    Second exam 83%

    Maths - A
    Core 1 94%
    Core 2 68% (let's not even go there)
    Mechanics 83%
    (core two was completed a couple of days before the exam, don't want to excuse my poor performance but I hadn't properly prepared for both core 2 and mechanics)

    Biology - A
    Coursework 86%
    Exam 1 86%
    Exam 2 82%

    Photography - B
    Coursework 76%
    Exam 72%
    (not bothered by this as I know photography will not be considered of great importance)


    In addition to the grades I will have extenuating circumstances that has been confirmed by my referee who will be filling out my CSAS,
    I know my percentages are a bit patchy (not consistently gaining 90+%) and I hope to study biological sciences at Cambridge, any feedback would be much appreciated.



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    Looks good, esp. with CSAS. Go for it!
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    Thanks a lot for the detailed reply! Would you mind telling me about Cambridge's resit policy? Do they mind if you retake a few modules?

    Thanks again
    I think resits are allowed so long as they are done within the 2 year period. This is, once again, based on experiences of my fellow friends who have gotten into Cambridge, but re-sat their modular exams in the process. Again, however, I'd recommend phoning or asking the admissions office since policies vary between individual colleges and courses.
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    Hey,

    I got 4 As, but I have no idea how to figure out the sheet! It doesn't say what value the marks are out of, e.g. 96/??? Hoping to do Natural Sciences, but I don't mind if these aren't good enough for Cambridge.

    But I'll put down my stuff anyway, but I can't give any percentages unless somebody helps me out xD

    Physics -
    Unit 1, Mark: 96 a
    Unit 2, Mark: 110 a
    Unit 3T (ISA/Coursework): 38 ... which is a C, because I c*cked it up.

    Maths -
    Core 1 - 93 a
    Core 2 - 75 b
    Stats - 94 a

    Chemistry -
    F331 - 65 b
    F332 - 127 a
    F333 (Coursework) - 54 a

    Biology -
    Unit 1 - 86 a
    Unit 2 - 110 b (I don't understand this one, it seems too high to be a B)
    Unit 3X - 48 a

    So that's it. Could somebody explain what these mean (these values are the under the mark column, I'm guessing they are UMS, but I don't know the %s)
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    Maths + Further Maths:
    Maths AS (93%):
    C1 = 100/100
    C2 = 86/100
    D1 = 93/100
    C3 = 100/100
    C4 = 97/100
    M1 = 74/100
    M2 = 93/100

    Biology AS (99%)
    Unit 1 = 120/120
    Unit 2 = 120/120
    Unit 3 = 58/60

    Physics AS (96.7%)
    Unit 1 = 120/120
    Unit 2 = 120/120
    Unit 3 = 50/60

    Chemistry AS (97%)
    Unit 1 = 88/90
    Unit 2 = 147/150
    Unit 3 = 56/60

    French AS - I got a B but I think I got around 75%
    General Studies - I got a D and 54 %
    Is french and GS going to ruin my chances?
    I want to do chem
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    (Original post by chignesh10)
    Maths + Further Maths:
    Maths AS (93%):
    C1 = 100/100
    C2 = 86/100
    D1 = 93/100
    C3 = 100/100
    C4 = 97/100
    M1 = 74/100
    M2 = 93/100

    Biology AS (99%)
    Unit 1 = 120/120
    Unit 2 = 120/120
    Unit 3 = 58/60

    Physics AS (96.7%)
    Unit 1 = 120/120
    Unit 2 = 120/120
    Unit 3 = 50/60

    Chemistry AS (97%)
    Unit 1 = 88/90
    Unit 2 = 147/150
    Unit 3 = 56/60

    French AS - I got a B but I think I got around 75%
    General Studies - I got a D and 54 %
    Is french and GS going to ruin my chances?
    I want to do chem
    Looks fine (great, even!). As 5th and 6th ASs I think they'll basically ignore French and GS (French is unrelated to Chemistry and GS is generally just ignored).

    Just checking, you know you can't do straight chemistry at Cam? It's either Biological or Physical Natural Sciences, both of which allow you to choose chemistry-related options.
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